See what was happening in Redwood Falls 50, 25, and 10 years ago this week.
1962—50 years ago • With spring only three weeks away, the public swimming pool still had about seven feet of snow in the deep end. • RFHS grad Dean Gilland, a junior at Macalester College, defeated another RFHS grad, Roger Leopold of Concordia College, enroute to winning a wrestling championship at the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference held at Augsburg College. • On Feb. 28, the last day to file taxes without penalty, Redwood County Treasurer John Mahoney processed 600 tax receipts from residents paying them in person, and another 1,200 delivered in the morning’s mail. • The RFHS dance band presented a concert and adult dance in the Lincoln School gymnasium. Proceeds from the concert were used to buy clip-on lights for the music stands. • In tournament play, the RFHS basketball team went into three overtimes before losing to Gibbon 77-76. The 41 minute game was the longest in tournament history, and officials later calculated there were 16 moments during the game when either team could have won. 1987—25 years ago • A DNR study indicated Lake Redwood could generate $8,066 in tourism revenue each year if silt-choked conditions didn’t discourage fishermen and boaters. • Student Rotarian Stephanie Roller listed among her interests skating, acting, skiing buying clothes, and the musicals Cats and A Chorus Line. • An Anoka-based snowmobile club passed through Redwood Falls as part of their cancer research fundraiser for the Masons Club. Due to the lack of snow, the group had to switch to three-wheelers once they headed south out of Redwood. • Two dozen supporters of the Minnesota Inventors Congress set up a display in the state capitol’s rotunda, attempting to secure a $150,000 appropriation for the Inventors Resource Center. • A helium balloon released by a group of children in LaConner, Washington, was found on the Arnold Knott farm near Wabasso. 2002—10 years ago • Lt. David Rauenhorst of Blue Earth took the last day of his 10-day leave from Afghanistan to personally thank the students at Reede Gray Elementary School and Redwood Valley Middle School for the letters his aircraft carrier received from them as part of Operation Mail Call. • A 71-year old weather record was broken when the temperature on Feb. 23 hit 60 degrees. The previous record, set in 1931, was 54 degrees. Naturally, the day after the new record was set there was a blizzard. • An anonymous donor contributed $2,000 so the Redwood Falls Police Department could buy three tasers. • Doris Guggisberg, a member of St. John Lutheran Church, wrote a musical about Noah’s Ark, which was performed by that school’s students. • The Morgan’s SuperValu Cookie Drive for Education ended with 25,368 cookies sold to benefit Reede Gray Elementary School.